Southern Huntingdon stepped outside of its ICC South Division schedule Wednesday evening to face one of the ICC North’s better squads in Claysburg-Kimmel. The Bulldogs put all nine players on the roster in the scoring column, including five in double figures as Claysburg turned a 30-point halftime lead into an 88-39 victory on the Rocket hardwood.
Jenny Cantrell was the only Southern player in double figures, finishing with a game-high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds. Olivia Wilson and Carlee Leidy added four points apiece for the Rockets, who shot 43 percent from the field (18-of-42).
Emily Claar fronted the Bulldogs with 21 points, while Megan Hartman followed with 18 and Rebekah Claar 16. Olivia Locke and Bailey Garver added 10 apiece. Claysburg netted 37 of 77 attempts from the field (48 percent).
The Rockets slipped to 6-11 overall, while the Bulldogs improved to 13-3.
Claysburg had seven players score in the opening period, including six points apiece from Garver, E. Claar and Kalei Carson, as the Bulldogs pulled out to a 29-12 advantage at the quarter mark. Cantrell had six points for the Rockets in the opening period.
“Through the first three or four minutes, Claysburg was missing some shots and we were able to stay with them,” noted Southern Huntingdon coach Phil Speck. “But, then in the last three minutes of the first quarter, we were turning the ball over and Claysburg kept scoring.”
The Rockets were limited to just six points in the second period as the Bulldogs carried a 48-18 lead into the intermission.
Cantrell added eight points in the third, but Claysburg’s balanced-scoring effort pushed the score to 70-30 heading into the final stanza.
“Claysburg isn’t very big, but they are fast and quick and very aggressive,” added Speck. “We just ran into a very good basketball team tonight.”
Due to Claysburg’s limited roster, there was no junior varsity game.
Southern Huntingdon is home Friday for a rematch with Northern Bedford.